A male griz was killed by the Department of Agriculture after receiving approval from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The bear had killed and fed on four calves. It was a 3- 4-year-old bear, weighing 390 pounds.
The head and hide was salvaged for Choteau High School students who are constructing a target to use for bear spray training lessons.
It seems the new FWP commission made a hash of things changing hunting and fishing regs on the fly this winter, according to a story by Missoula Currant reporter Laura Lundquist. Already, the commission has had to reverse Kokanee salmon limits on Georgetown Lake approve just in March.
FWP is also dealing with a snafu caused by a new computer system that eliminated many hunter's applications for second- and third-choice permits when they applied for first choice only permits. FWP director Hank Worsech is increasing permits in some districts in an effort to make things right.
I've been mulling the value of hunting photos posted on social media for a long time, nearly as long as I've been on social media. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram seem to amplify the impact of these images. I've seen the effects, felt my own stomach turn when distasteful dead game, dumb hunter photos turns up online.
Here's my column on the subject. I think we can do better. We must do better. Hunters are an ever decreasing minority. If hunting is to survive, we can't afford to turn the non-hunting majority against us.
Inappropriate images are a great way to fast track that animosity toward hunting.
Are fish smarter than we think? Do they feel pain? Is catch and release fishing sound conservation or animal cruelty?
Is there a middle ground? Here's my column.
A photo of a pen-raised pheasant hunt posted on a Wild Bird Hunters Facebook group sparks a spirited debate about hunting ethics.
Are spring-sagging tailgate shots of piles of dead birds OK? Is it elite to hunt only wild birds? When is it OK to give the dogs a run at the game farm?
Unseasonably warmer weather lured a garter snake out of hibernation and to its end. But the unseasonable is getting more common every year.
Spring is not my favorite season, but it's better than winter.
Im mostly indoors this time of year, watching my favorite teams on television.
I wrote my first "Out of Bounds" column for the Flathead Beacon in March 2012. Approximately 520 columns later here's my 10th anniversary column. The highlights of this run include winning first place in the Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence in Craft contest in 2021, and anything I wrote about spending time outdoors with my daughters.
Lowlights include every week when deadline approached and I was still a long way from done.
Thanks for reading.
Flathead Beacon Tristan Scott recounts the story of Wolf 57, collared in Canada near Banff National Park in 2001. The wolf's last transmitted location was in Alberta in 2003.
The story might have ended there, until a shed hunter found the collar near Little Bitterroot Lake west of Kalispell in 2021, 300 miles from where 57's journey began.
My column on the unfortunate tendency toward hunter shaming as a solution to issues such as waning bird numbers.
I don't advocate hunting purely in pursuit of reaching a limit, but hunting is about killing, and I'm not going to apologize for shooting and eating a few quail, or eating a limit of quail on those rare occasions I shoot that well.
And for you Terry Jones fans.